Looking in the mirror

Art by children is one of My Favourite Things. Almost always it will lift my spirit and turn on the light inside. {if it doesn’t, well, that is worth another post, but I don’t want to stop any child from expressing him of herself for the sake of my light switch! All creative work by children is diamond in some way!} It is a shame that most art by children will never leave the school, except for when it is taken home. There is no temporary public display for all to enjoy, it’s a private view for the parents and other people that have business in the school building.

Alas, but! I have my son in there so I am one of the privileged to have seen this body of work as a whole and it is rather special. It’s selfportraits!

Portraits are wonderful, self portraits are divine. To produce an image of yourself is maybe the most intriguing form of self expression. It must have been fun for the 7 and 8 year olds, to have a good look in the mirror and make an image of it, you can tell by the attention to detail, the exquisite choice of colour, the expressive eyes.

These works are for the vault: keep them safe and look at them again in a decade or so.

About Wilson Tichelaar

relentless hunter gatherer of soothing beauty, great and small
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